Well Everyone, today was the day. Today was the final day for applications to Camp MMW 2011. However, if you turn in your application tomorrow, claiming how inspiring my blog was to you, and how you feel you NEED to be a part of this experience, I’m sure that they would accept it a day late.
I first attented Camp MMW in 2009. That was only the second year of the camp’s existence and it was one of the best weeks of my life. When I first heard about the opportunity, I was shocked that such a thing even existed. I had only seen them in concert a few times prior to Summer of 2009 but I had seen enough to know how incredibly talented each and every member of the band is. When I heard that I could spend a week in upstate New York, being fed catered meals three times a day by a fantastic chef, while taking private classes with the members of the band, I expected a five-figure price tag to come with it. Surpisingly, it was much less than I expected and I got my application together within two days.
Let me just say this now, once and for all: The tuition, meals, room and board are worth EVERY PENNY! The experience of being in a learning environment like this, with such amazing people, and the ability to see MMW perform with incredible guests in a room with less than 100 people and the experiences you will take away from this – are truly priceless.
This is the video they made from the footage from Camp MMW 2009:
Last summer, as bad as I wanted to return, I didn’t have enough vacation time or money to make my trip to Spain happen as well as attend Camp MMW 2010 (tough choice, I know.) However, this year I could not let the opportunity pass me by. In addition, they have included a “camping option,” in which instead of staying in the rooms at the Full Moon Resort, you can bring your own tent and sleeping bag and attend all meals and camp activities for nearly 50% less. This year I went with the camping options as much as I enjoyed the cozy rooms at Full Moon in my previous experience.
So this year I make my return. Beware all you campers out there, Colin the Bassman is making his return and I will be doucumenting every aspect of this year’s Camp MMW event. From today until long after camp ends, I will describe the effects of the experience. In the 7 weeks leading up to Camp, I will be sharing my photos, videos and memories from my encounters in 2009 as my emotions as the date rapidly approaches.
If you have attended previous years, are attending this year for the first time or simply are an MMW fan, I strongly encourage you to share your own photos, videos and memories from any experience you have shared in with the brilliant musicians (in no particular order) John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood.